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Metal Down Under
Metal Down Under
Metal Down Under
165 min • Culture • 2014 • MA15

Since the late 1970s a thriving underground scene of extreme music has continued to evolve in Australia. This film takes a look at the bands, people and events that have shaped this unique slice of Australian history. From promoters, radio hosts and magazine editors, to band members and extreme fans, this film introduces you to a world you either didn’t want to know existed, or have been a part of all your life.

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Part One
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1. Part One
55 mins

Episode 1 tracks the early years of heavy metal and hard rock in Australia from Buffalo and AC/DC through to Nothing Sacrade, Renegade and the early years of thrash with Hobbs Angel of Death and Mortal Sin. We explore how fans of the music entered the scene, what kept them coming back for more and how they got involved. Metal Down Under dives into the grassroots of heavy metal music in Australia and charts the emergence of important record stores, zines, magazines and more.

Part Two
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2. Part Two
55 mins

Episode 2 begins out west with the emergence of thrash metal icons of Perth - Allegiance. Things start to get extreme when bands such as Damaged hit the scene. We travel to Canberra to meet Alchemist and the emergence of Metal for the Brain as the most important heavy metal event in the country. Things turn ugly when Bloodduster enters the scene and the episode is rounded out with a look into what goes into the making of a lasting image with Dave Slave and the ultra important Sadistik Exekution.

Part Three
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3. Part Three
55 mins

Episode 3 starts in the tattoo parlour of Segressions’ Chris Rand and charts the rise of a new wave of metal across the country with the likes of Frankenbok, Dreadnaught and Tasmania’s heavy metal kings Psycroptic. Metal Down Under then looks at the early 2000’s and the raft of technical and progressive metal bands hitting the scenes along with asking the question - “what makes the Australian sound?” with the rampaging King Parrot leading the charge.